ARTS & CULTURE

Manuel Oliver creates a mural outside South Congregational Church in Springfield, Massachusetts, on April 20, 2018.
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The father of one of the students killed in Parkland, Florida in February was in Springfield, Massachusetts, on Friday, making his opinions known through art.

Thomas Schuttenhelm
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Today, many composers don't perform on the instruments they write for -- they compose for other musicians. It wasn't that way centuries ago. 

Wyatt Cenac knows his aesthetic, and his aesthetic seems to be "PBS in the 1970s."

The logo of his new HBO series Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas looks precisely like the public television of a couple decades ago, with its friendly-looking sans serif lowercase letters in earthy colors. The set is the same way, looking much like one that a host might have wandered around to talk about the beginnings of the world or the ways of the penguin.

A March for Our Lives rally at Court Square in Springfield, Massachusetts, in March 2018.
Mark M. Murray / The Republican / MassLive.com/photos

Students across the country are walking out of school Friday to advocate for gun control. In Massachusetts, where schools are closed for vacation week, local activists are holding a community conversation in Springfield. 

Sarah Elizabeth Charles.
Matthew Pandolfe / Courtesy Sarah Elizabeth Charles

Jazz vocalist Sarah Elizabeth Charles, a native of western Massachusetts, has been making a name for herself nationally.

A rendering of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Los Angeles, California.
Courtesy of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

Norman Rockwell's "Shuffleton's Barbershop" -- considered to be the most valuable and recognized piece of art being sold by the cash-strapped Berkshire Museum -- is being acquired by a yet-to-open museum in Los Angeles.

The old town hall in West Stockbridge, Massachusetts.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

With so many old buildings in New England, it’s not unusual to see old mills or even churches transform into retail space or condominiums. But what about town halls taking on a new purpose?

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
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Now that it has permission from the Massachusetts high court, the Berkshire Museum says it will start auctioning off part of its art collection next month.

Berkshire Museum / Creative Commons

A group opposed to the sale of artwork by the Berkshire Museum calls a judge's decision on Thursday that the museum could proceed "terribly disappointing" and says most of it could end up out of public view.

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Mass.
Berkshire Museum / Creative Commons

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, received approval from state's highest court Thursday for an agreement allowing it to sell up to 40 artworks. The decision clears the way for a contentious sale that will include some pieces by Norman Rockwell.

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